A sheet of crafting felt is the perfect size for making a super simple baby cape. Here’s how to do it!
So I already talked a little bit about the superhero birthday party that we threw for Darrol and his best friend Donovan. One of our visions for this party was to have a baby cape for every kid who attended.
Donovan’s mom – Kip – and I made that dream come TRUE! And after the party I wrote up the tutorial for Crafting a Green World, because I think every baby should have at least one cape in his dress-up box. You can get the whole tutorial below!
Note about felt crafting
The recycled felt in this project is not made from wool. We used Kunin Rainbow Felt to make these baby capes.
The thing about non-wool felt is that it’s made from petroleum products, so for a long time I wasn’t doing any crafting with felt. That was until I discovered Kunin felt, which is made from recycled plastic water bottles! This is basically the only felt that I craft with now, and I love it so much!
You can find it by the yard or buy it in 9X12″ sheets like this one.
The joy of the 9X12″ sheets is that this size works well for a lot of projects, which means there’s less to cut (and less waste!). Since we didn’t have to cut out each cape, Kip and I were able to whip out 12 of these bad boys in one crafternoon. Boom! So much baby cape goodness! I originally posted this tutorial over at Crafting a Green World, and I’m sharing it here, too. Baby capes for everyone!
DIY Baby Cape Tutorial
- pre-cut 9×12? rectangles of ecofi felt, or recycled felt cut to 9×12?
- a onesie, to use as a template (you won’t be cutting it)
- 17? piece of ribbon – I used May Arts organic cotton ribbon
- snap kit
- sewing machine, thread, and pins
- felt scraps
1. Add a curve to the top of your cape, using the onesie as a template. This is going to be the part that sits on your baby’s neck, so lay the onesie on the felt, lining up the neck hole in the center of one short end, then use that to approximate the curve. You can see how I did mine below:
2. Fold each end of your ribbon over by about 1/2?, and secure the fold by adding your snaps.
3. Pin your ribbon onto the curved part of your felt, making sure that the ribbon is centered, then use your machine to sew the ribbon onto the felt. Make sure you backstitch a few times on either end, so that ribbon will be nice and secure.
4. Make your badge for the back. You can really have fun with this! We did a lot of different badges, since we were making a dozen capes. For the boys, we basically followed my tutorial for felt superhero badges, and used fabric glue to attach them to the back. You could also sew these in place, since fabric glue doesn’t do a great job on felt over time. We were going for speed, since we had so many capes to make in a short time. For this tutorial, I wanted to really embrace the pink, so I went all hearts for this little superhero. Have fun with it!